New Jersey-based solar technology company Natcore Technology Inc. is negotiating with Eastman Kodak Co. to open a research laboratory and production facility at Eastman Business Park, officials said Friday.
“We think that Kodak’s roll-to-roll film manufacturing equipment could be a perfect fit for our flexible solar cell technology and that, finally, we can help create jobs here in America for Americans,” said Charles Provini, Natcore president and CEO, in a statement released by Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Perinton.
Natcore has established joint ventures with companies in China, Slaughter said. She has asked President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Energy to help Natcore establish a manufacturing center in Rochester.
“I see Natcore and Kodak to be an ideal fit, and I’m happy to do everything I can to bring these companies together to ensure that more of tomorrow’s technologies are branded ‛Made in the USA,’ ” Slaughter said.
Based in Red Bank, N.J., Natcore’s solar technology would result in flexible solar cells that could reduce the cost of making a solar panel and the time required to install a commercial solar array by 60 percent, Slaughter said.
The company does not have a presence in Upstate New York.
To help attract more green-job photovoltaic manufacturers to Rochester, Slaughter is pushing the energy department to award Kodak a grant to create a thin film center of excellence at Eastman Business Park, the statement said.
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